April 19, 2008
Portsmouth Regional Hospital is pleased to announce Diane M. Zaidlicz, Behavioral Health Nurse, as the 2007 Employee Frist Humanitarian Award recipient and Algene Bailey Sr. as the Volunteer Humanitarian Award winner.
Diane Zaidlicz began her career at Portsmouth Regional Hospital on September 8, 1992 as a Registered Nurse in the then Pavilion Adolescent Unit and is currently working in the outpatient Oncology Hematology Center as a Behavioral Nurse and Reiki practitioner. Throughout her time at the hospital Diane has worked with a variety of age groups in several departments. Diane has worked with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. She has been an RN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Case manager, Resource Nurse, RUN in Utilization Review and a Mental Health Clinician.
With a dedication to bring healing back into healthcare Diane uses her compassion and experience to inspire hope in all patients. Diane has a special commitment to End of Life care facilitating healing, bringing comfort, beauty and honor in the dying process for the patients, family members, and staff. In addition, Diane has assisted in the establishment of a Reiki clinic and after several years of success Reiki is now offered in the main hospital environment. She plays an integral part of organizing and resourcing speakers for the Seacoast Spirituality Group for Women and facilitator of the Community Breast Cancer Support Group of Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Algene Bailey Sr. is an active volunteer as a Eucharistic Minister at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, a member of the Pastoral Council, and also served on the task force for the consolidation of the Portsmouth Catholic Churches. Algene is often called upon to guide and teach new Eucharistic ministers as they begin their volunteer service with the Spiritual Care department at the hospital.
Algene’s dedication to volunteering does not stop at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He has been a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club for over 25 years and was a founding member of the Blue Skies program which mentors high school students by community professionals. Algene has served as the president of the local chapter of NAACP in the late 80’s, a founding member of the Seacoast’s Men’s Friendship Club, a mentor in the juvenile mentoring program for troubled youth with the New Hampshire justice system, past president & member of the Portsmouth Toastmaster’s for 20 years, member of the University of New Hampshire Students Diversity Council, and a member of the Salvation Army Advisory board since 1986.
The Frist Healthcare Humanitarian and Volunteer Awards were established in 1971 by HCA/Hospital Corporation of America to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian activities. Recipients from each HCA facility will be nominated for consideration at the national level. The National Frist Humanitarian Award is the company’s highest honor.